from 20 September 2023


Your turn!

"A museum space and a playroom have many things in common".

(Endres/Rousseau 2020:6)


According to Art. 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, all children have a right to play and to participate freely in cultural and artistic life.

But is that really true?

We take this right seriously. In YOU ARE THERE! - SPACE4KIDS we create space for a participatory and experimental programme with and for children in an ethnological museum with its complex social debates on almost 1,400 square metres.

Throughout Europe, ethnological museums discuss their future intensively, but do not include children and young people. The realities of life for children living in Cologne today have also changed in recent decades. For example, almost 60% of the inhabitants of Cologne under the age of 18 have a migration background. This means that the museum should be a place where this generation feels represented and welcome in all its diversity.

YOU ARE THERE! - SPACE4KIDS involves children in shaping the future of the museum in order to become a place for a post-migrant society with their help.

Because we see children not just as passive visitors, but as active experts who bring about change in their environment. To this end, we open our doors wide for children to try out new participatory formats and methods and create an experimental space for sensory, playful and collective experiences. The RJM will become an inclusive meeting place for fun, reflection, exchange, movement, curiosity, celebration, creativity and empowerment.

YOU ARE THERE! - SPACE4KIDS is a cooperation with the Kölner Integrationshaus (In-Haus Kalk) e.V., a New German Organisation working for a more racism-free, diversity-sensitive and just world (

SPACE4KIDS can be visited by schools, intercultural associations, OGS, groups and other initiatives with prior registration. Registration at:

For children and their parents, SPACE4KIDS opens on certain days, which are announced on the website.

The various participatory formats, glimpses behind the scenes of the museum and dates can be found here.

Contact for cooperations:

The room is open on the following dates:

The space is open from 10 am to 6 pm on all Sundays (except 24 and 31 December 2023) until the end of April 2024 and on all Cologne Days.



Every Sunday Guided tour 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Children free of charge, adults € 2,00


Programme on Sunday, 18.2:
2-5pm: Space4Kids Special for the International Mother Language Day
As part of the International Mother Language Day, which is celebrated on 21 February, we are designing treasure boxes with NEOLA art projects e.V.. By using letters and larding the creations with words and materials, you can express your creativity while exploring the meaning of multilingualism. It's a great opportunity to honour different languages and cultures. Selma Scheele will also be bringing her storytelling kit, and every hour on the hour there will be imaginative, funny and exciting stories. Prick up your ears and get ready for a multilingual journey in the dome at Space4Kids.
Stories are told at 2, 3 and 4 pm. Duration: about 20 minutes.

Programme on Sunday, 25.2:
Kintsugi is a traditional Japanese art in which the fractures of broken objects are emphasised with gold. Using this method, ceramic pieces are put together so sensitively that the resulting "scars" are then embellished with gold plating. The ceramic restorer will show you how to glue shards together and discover the beauty in the repair. The workshop teaches that our own scars tell a story and make us unique and valuable. You can take your own work of art home with you.

Qashqai Female Voices - Algorhythms of Cultures - Iran

An installation and series of events

curated by Yalda Yazdani & Christoph Wieland

with the musicians:

Sima Bina, Samin Ghorbani, Azar Parsai, Khadijeh Jokar.

and Tahmineh Rostami, Shahab Azinmehr, Javad Salkhordeh, Kavosh Sohrabian.

Sunday, 3 March, 6-8 p.m.
Opening event Qashqai Female Voices with installation, workshop for children, talk and concert


3-4.30 pm: Workshop for children

6-6.45pm: Talk about the female voice in music and culture in Iran

7pm: Qashqai Echoes concert

The event is free of charge and will be held in Persian and German.

Please register for the workshop by e-mail: RJM-Veranstaltungen@STADT-KOELN.DE


Thursday, 7 March, 3-5 p.m.
Space4Kids on Cologne Day

In DU BIST DRAN! - SPACE4KIDS you can play, read and be creative or just chill out. On Cologne Day we offer you a special programme.

3-5 pm: Creative workshop for children
Free admission


Saturday, 9 March, 2-4 p.m.
Space4Kids special: self-defence course for young girls

To mark International Women's Day (8 March), we are offering a self-defence course for young girls aged 7 to 13. The workshop will be run by Defence 4 Kids Place and is aimed at beginners.

Please register for the workshop by email: RJM-Veranstaltungen@STADT-KOELN.DE

Free admission


Thursday, 21 March, 10 am - 1 pm
Day against racism

The In-Haus e.V. association is offering a workshop at Space4Kids as part of the "School without Racism, School with Courage" network.


Sunday, 24 March, 3 p.m.
Reading "Tea with Uncle Mustafa"

Storyteller and author Andrea Karimé reads from her book "Tee mit Onkel Mustafa" (Tea with Uncle Mustafa). Her main character, little Mina, takes us to Lebanon. There she meets Uncle Mustafa, who sits on a carpet in front of his olive tree, drinks fragrant cinnamon tea and tells her the most incredible stories from his life. When war breaks out, she and her family flee back to Germany, taking Uncle Mustafa with them. But he doesn't find his feet in a foreign country. Andrea Karimé uses vivid and empathetic language to make topics such as war and home understandable for children. She narrates and performs interactively with sounds.

Andrea Karminé has been honoured several times, most recently in 2023 with the Young Literature Houses Award for her particularly successful literary events.


The programme will continue to develop and will be added to here.

Cooperation partners: